No. 2: Chevrolet Sonic
With a sophisticated look, the Chevrolet Sonic stands out by being equal in both price and fuel efficiency.
As the second generation of the Chevrolet Aveo, it was introduced to the market in fall 2011. Starting at $13,735 for the sedan, the Sonic also comes in a Hatchback model priced at $14,635, according to Chevrolet.
The Sonic gets 40 highway and 29 city with a 1.4L turbocharged engine and manual transmission, according to Chevrolet. The 1.8L manual transmission gets 35 mph highway and 26 mpg city and the automatic with the same engine gets 35 mpg highway and 25 mpg city, according to M Live. It can also reach 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
Not too shabby for a sedan.
Equipped with 10 airbags, the Sonic was chosen as a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Institute For Highway Safety. It also features a Sirius Radio, OnStar and Bluetooth.
No. 1: Volkswagen Passat TDI
The Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan is definitely a vehicle to take a "pass at."
Introduced to the U.S. in 1973, Passat is German for "trade wind." With a 2.0L and clean diesel engine, the Passat gets a remarkable 43 mpg highway and 31 mpg city with manual transmission. The automatic transmission gets 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.
It also has a high pressure steel that holds well when a crash occurs, front wheel drive and ABS to control steering for a quicker response, according to Volkswagen.
The Passat also comes in a 2.5L, 5-cylinder engine and a 3.6L V6 engine model. The sedan also features Bluetooth, a navigation touchscreen and an adapter to plug in an iPod. Starting at $25,995, it was chosen as a 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.
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